Blues Chord Progressions
A standard blues chord progression uses the 1, 4 and 5 chords of any key.
You can play the chord progression below by using Chord 1, 4 and 5 from the key of C or the key of G. Read on to see an example in the key of G.
A measure is also known as a bar. This progression is called the 12 bar blues because it has 12 bars (measures).
Blues Chord Progression in the Key of G In the example be sure to play each chord until it changes.
The previous example has an advanced strumming pattern that sounds something like this: bump-ba-bump-ba-bump-ba-bump-ba.
Blues Chord Progression Format 2 Here’s another blues example using a different format. You just play Chord 4 for the second measure instead of Chord 1. Everything else is the same. Here’s an example in the key of G:
Try these Bluesy Sounding Chords Use the blues chords in the key of G below.
The bluesy chords you were just using in the previous example are called 7th chords. For a long time I used these types of chords in my songs but I never understood where they came from and when to use them.
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